Personal Finance

Laiah Collins, 4, and Charisma Edwards, 5, work with Davetra Richardson in a classroom

The Cost Of Being A Teacher

Teachers are spending hundreds of dollars out of pocket on school supplies to personal protective equipment.

 | Stephen Graddick IV

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Keeping Track Of Subscriptions

New data shows the average consumer underestimated their monthly subscription costs by $133.

 | Bianca Facchinei and Carlos Mendez

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Complaints, Scams Rising In The High-Priced Consumer Market

Auto sales and repairs were No. 1 in complaints in the consumer industry in 2021, though the rental and housing scenes have also struggled.

 | Bianca Facchinei

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Parents Worry About Increasing Cost Of School Supplies

Some organizations are helping their communities get ready to go back to school as parents share concerns about rising costs for school supplies.

 | Cat Sandoval

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Explaining U.S. Tipping Practices

There are several places where it's customary to tip service workers, but only five reasons why we engage in this behavior in the first place.

 | Bianca Facchinei and Simon Kaufman

A "for sale" sign hangs from a post outside of a vacant business building

How The Federal Reserve's Rate Hikes Affect Your Finances

Answers to some of the most common questions about the impact of the rate hike.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

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Inflation Costs For Wedding Guests

The pandemic pushed back many weddings, and now many wedding guests are struggling to attend due to inflation costs.

 | Cat Sandoval

Granddaddy’s Famous Hot Chicken in Nashville, Tennessee

Inflation Taking A Bite Out Of Restaurant Owners Across The Country

A Nashville restaurant owner shares inflation troubles with Newsy. He says he's had to raise prices and then lower them just to make ends meet. 

 | Stephanie Sandoval

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Why Are More States Requiring Personal Finance Education?

Fourteen states now require high school students to take a financial literacy course before graduating.

 | Bianca Facchinei

A person walks through a house.

How AirBnb Is Hurting An Already High-Cost, Shrinking Housing Market

AirBnB is shrinking the already short housing supply, costing renters millions of dollars. But, other factors make it a tricky situation to lay blame.

 | Scripps News Staff

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Why Is There Such An Interest In Interest Rates?

When you borrow money, you generally have to pay back the original amount you borrowed, plus a certain percentage of what you borrowed.

 | Maya Saenz and Kellan Howell

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Where Did Credit Scores Come From?

According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a credit score is a tool to predict how likely you are to pay back a loan on time.

 | Meg Hilling and Simon Kaufman

A potential car buyer looks at a car.

Experts Share How To Buy A Car After Federal Interest Rate Hike

Car buyers are dealing with high interest rates as car makers continue to face supply chain issues.

 | Clayton Sandell

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How To Keep Predictably Higher Electricity Bills Down This Year

Extreme heat combined with drought and war effects are driving electricity costs this summer.

 | Stephen Graddick IV

Consumers shopping at a grocery store

Consumers Look To Cut Costs, Make Extra Money As Prices Rise

Eating out was one luxury in the crosshairs, as well as attending experiences like concerts and sports. But some are cutting essentials too.

 | Cat Sandoval

A gardener places a plant in the ground.

Some Americans Turn To Home Gardens As Grocery Prices Rise

The latest government inflation numbers showed the year-over-year cost of fruits and vegetables was up 7.8% in April.

 | Adi Guajardo

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Rising Costs For Pets Forcing Some People To Surrender Their Animals

Costs in the overall pet category saw a 7.5% increase compared to March of 2021.

 | Meg Hilling

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Experts Warn: Medical Bills Could Increase Due To Inflation

The Bureau of Labor Statistics' latest report says consumer goods jumped 8.5%. That's the largest inflation increase in the past 40 years.

 | Cat Sandoval

Yasmin Flanigan.

Mom On TikTok Teaches Others To Save Using Digital Coupons

Flanigan says the mindset of having to deal with high prices is a common misconception.

 | Adi Guajardo and Stephanie Sandoval

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U.S. States Seek To Ease Inflation Burden With Stimulus Payments

With gas, groceries and many other necessities costing consumers more, some states are considering using leftover federal funds to help.

 | AP

A motorist fuels a vehicle at an Exxon station.

How You Can Save Gas By 'Hypermiling'

The term "hypermiling" was coined in 2004 to describe ways to maximize fuel efficiency.

 | Scripps News Staff and Veronica De La Cruz

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell

How Rising Interest Rates Affect Your Money

The Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates this week to address rising inflation.

 | Joe St. George

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How You Can Save As Gas Prices Spike

With experts predicting gas prices will continue to soar, here are some ways you can make the most out of your money at the pump.

 | James Packard

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How To Invest In Cryptocurrency

President Biden is expected to sign an executive order on cryptocurrency regulation this week.

 | Stephen Graddick IV and Alex Livingston and Scripps News Staff

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Retirees Feeling Pinch Of Soaring Inflation, Spike In Consumer Prices

In the past year, inflation reached the highest rate in four decades. People on fixed incomes, like retirees, are especially feeling it.

 | Adi Guajardo

A patient lies in a hospital bed.

How Long COVID Is Affecting Millions Of Americans' Wallets

One study found that more than half of U.S. adults who got COVID or lost income during the pandemic struggle with medical debt.

 | Scripps News Staff

A for sale sign is posted on a home.

Millennials Are Buying Homes In Much Tougher Market Than Their Parents

Millennials make up the largest market of home buyers, but they have much harder circumstances in getting there than other generations have had.

 | Amber Strong

A mother and child

The Steep Costs Of U.S. Childcare

We break down what it costs to care for a child in the U.S., and how the country stacks up to others.

 | Scripps News Staff and Amber Strong and Emily Grossberg

A motorist fills up at a Shell station

Gas Apps Help Save On Thanksgiving Travel

GasBuddy, Gas Guru and Waze are a few mobile apps that tell motorists where to find the lowest prices.

 | John Mone

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An Overwhelming Amount Of Medical Debt Is Piling Up Across The Country

One rabbi and his temple raised more than $50,000 to relieve roughly $5 million in medical debt in the community.

 | Matt Pearl